2005 Lucie & Auguste Lignier Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Les Chaffots"

SKU #1256638 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Noticeable if not dominant wood spice frames an earthy mix of both red and black berry fruit aromas complements the rich, full and generous mouth coating flavors that offer excellent intensity, all wrapped in a finish that sports completely buried tannins and fine length. Good juice and excellent potential. *Outstanding*  (1/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very ripe, exhibiting black cherry, plum, tobacco and oak spice flavors. This has power and is more blocklike, backed by a solid structure. Loads of concentrated fruit grace the long finish. (BS)  (3/2008)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From just above the Clos St.-Denis comes the Lignier 2005 Morey-St.-Denis Les Chaffots. This displays penetrating, scintillating high-toned aromas of distilled cherry, almond extract, vanilla, pistachio, and rowan berry. It offers a refined palate, intense fruits and spices, and then, beneath this a vivid sense of chalk dust and wet stone. (DS)  (4/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Raspberry, redcurrant, mocha and smoke aromas show good lift. Juicy and firmly built, with lovely finesse to the flavors of raspberry, cherry and mint. Nicely structured, perfumed wine with harmonious tannins and excellent length. (ST)  (3/2008)

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